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When Nanda Kumar pulled out a bag that contained some documents, the whole court house ran

for their lives including the magistrate, fearing that Nanda Kumar was going blow up the court house

Torture victim Released

Nandakumar and his family.

Nanda Kumar was arrested on April 17 2008, while he was working at the BOI in Balagolla. He was arbitrarily arrested by officers attached to Kandy Police Station without a warrant. After his arrest he was detained at Daulagala Police Station until 22
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August 2008.

He was produced 58 times in Teldeniya Magistrate courts and 58 times in the Kandy Magistrate court before he was finally released without any charges on the 18 August 2010 on the directives issued by Mr. Palitha Fernando the additional solicitor general.
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While at the remand prison on two occasions he was referred to the mental hospital Angoda, however, the doctors found him to be normal. Nanda Kumar was also sentenced to six months for contempt of court in 2009 as he spoke loudly on behalf of her mother who signed for bail, for another suspect and she was warranted by the magistrate. On another occasion when Nanda Kumar pulled out a bag that contained some documents, the whole court house ran for their lives including the magistrate creating a pandemonium, fearing that Nanda Kumar was going blow up the court house. Nanda Kumars only brother Ramesh Kumar was also arrested on the 19 April 2008 and still detained at the Bogambara remand prison. Nanda Kumar and Ramesh Kumar were accused of being involved: in killing the SSP Upul Seneviratne in 2006 in Digana with a claymore mine, involved in setting up a bomb in a public transport bus which was blown off in Dambulla in 2008 killing number of passages, involved in weapon training, transporting weapons and, hindering public security and conspiring against the government. Both Nanda Kumar & Ramesh Kumar were severely tortured while in police custody. Nanda Kumar claims that after his arrest, four or five police officers at the Kandy police station (TID section), stripped him naked, hung him to a ceiling, and bound his legs with a string. While he was hanging upside down, the police officers had him beaten all over his body while questioning him. He was forced to accept al the accusations by signing in the already typed documents. He was also told that his wife and the mother were arrested and if he refuses to sign the said documents that they would be tortured as well. He claims that he was routinely tortured while in police custody by the TID officers. After the release Nanda Kumara complains that he cannot do any work due to continuous severe headache and with severe pain in his body. Nanda Kumars wife feels very insecure having him at home without any protection. Nana Kumar claims that he has served the Srilankan Army for 02 years 2002- 2004.
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